NextGen Rochester looking for philanthropic young adults

logo-nextgenNextGen Rochester is looking for the area’s most philanthropic young professionals.

An affiliate of Rochester Area Community Foundation, NextGen Rochester will accept nominations through Oct. 22 for the 2018 Young Philanthropist of the Year Award.

Now in its fourth year, the annual award is given in honor of the founding members of NextGen Rochester and is awarded to a young philanthropist in the region who best exemplifies the desire to promote the welfare of others through generous financial support, as well as exemplary service to local community not-for-profit organizations.

“In the past, this was awarded internally to an exceptional young philanthropist in our organization, but beginning this year, we felt it was important to open up nominations to the entire Rochester community,” said Tim Ryan, NextGen Rochester’s advisory committee chairman. “There are so many passionate and generous young professionals helping to support great work in the area, and we want to recognize and celebrate those individuals and their selfless ideals.

Past recipients include Saul Maneiro (2017), Mariel and Nate Bank (2016) and Teresa Gianni (2015).

NextGen Rochester is a peer-led form of philanthropy that involves young professionals age 21 to 45 who are interested in making “giving back” part of their lives through leadership, friendship and philanthropy. Each member contributes to a fund that makes grants to nonprofits selected by the members.

The giving circle of young professionals at the end of last year had surpassed $83,000 in grants in support of high-impact nonprofit programs in the Greater Rochester area.

“Understanding and prioritizing the needs of others in the community from an early stage in your career results in more informed, connected and compassionate lifelong leaders,” Ryan said.

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